A company testing the effects of irradiated food on growth and development reported that some cats fed such a diet developed severe neurological dysfunction, including movement disorders, vision loss and paralysis.
The cats developed the symptoms, which appeared to be the result of a demyelinating disease, after being on the diet for three to four months. Myelin is a fatty insulator of nerve fibers that degrades in a host of human central nervous system disorders, such as multiple sclerosis.
The afflicted cats were shown to have severe and widely distributed demyelination of the central nervous system. In cats removed from the diet, demyelinated axons slowly became remyelinated, but the restored myelin sheaths were still not as thick as healthy myelin.
The exact cause of the neurological affliction in the cats on the experimental diet is unknown.
iHealth Bulletin News March 30, 2009
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences April 2, 2009
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
Amazingly, the researchers behind this startling finding that cats fed irradiated food developed "severe neurological disease" only reported it as an afterthought. They instead chose to focus on the fact that the cats were able to recover from the disease after their diet returned to normal -- a testament to the healing powers of your body, yes, but completely overlooking what caused the damage in the first place.
After being fed a diet of irradiated foods, the cats developed "mysterious" and "remarkable" severe neurological dysfunction, including movement disorders, vision loss and paralysis.
When they were taken off the irradiated foods, they slowly recovered.
I was born and raised in Chicago and we have a term for this type of observation in our city -- it is called a CLUE!
This should be raising major red flags that irradiation is NOT as safe as food safety officials would have you believe, but then the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already turned a blind eye on decades' worth of alarming data on food irradiation.
Irradiation is used to kill organisms like E. coli and salmonella on food. Currently, U.S. food processors are allowed to irradiate beef, eggs, poultry, oysters, fresh spinach, iceberg lettuce and spices.
The FDA maintains that irradiated foods are no different from non-irradiated foods, but the research begs to differ.
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Irradiated Food Causes Brain Damage
By Dr. Joseph Mercola
Mercola, April 25, 2009
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